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Microsoft Joins the ASF: Can They Be Trusted?

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Microsoft announced on Friday that it would be joining the Apache Software Foundation, one of the leading organizations in the open-source world. Microsoft became a platinum sponsor of the ASF, which costs $100,000/year and is the highest level of sponsorship that the foundation offers.

Many open-source advocates have long seen Microsoft as a large, bullying enemy. Statements by Microsoft officials about open source, including veiled threats about intellectual property violations in Linux and other software, have been common over the last few years.

Bruce Perens, a well-known open-source advocate, cautioned on Slashdot that "there's much reason for caution." He worries that Microsoft is looking to hijack the open-source process.

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